Arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a type of cosmetic surgery that treats sagging underarms by reducing extra skin, tightening and smoothing tissue, and removing extra fat. The aim of this procedure to make the upper arms look more toned and firmer. Natural aging process and genetics may play an important role in the skin elasticity. A person may also be left with extra skin after losing a lot of weight. Regardless of the cause of the sagging skin, arm is one of the regions that people need to face this reality. Arm lift helps to improve the sagging appearance of the arm and gain a youthful and firmer look to the owner of that arms.
Who Is This For?
Potential Risks & Side Effects
Arm lift recovery usually takes 1 to 2 weeks. It may take a few weeks for the tissues in your arms to completely heal.
Success Rate: 95%
How Does it Work?
When one loses a lot of weight, chances are a fold of their skin will sag below the upper arm. A skin can also lose its elasticity as a result of aging. For several years, the arm lift surgery has been regarded as an effective remedy that addresses a sagging skin below the upper arm. During this surgery, your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat to reshape your arms.
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What does an arm lift surgery involve?
The arm lift is usually performed when the patient is under general anaesthesia. If you have decided to undergo this surgery, it’s best that you carefully follow your surgeon’s instructions after having the surgery.
Although it depends on the complexity of the surgery, it normally takes up to 3 hours to complete an arm lift surgery. Once you have decided to have the surgery, you have to rest assured that each and every arm lift procedure is customized so as to match the patient’s needs, preferences, and the clinic’s practices.
Below are some of the steps you should expect to go through:
1. Final consultation with your surgeon
When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your arm lift specialist surgeon. During this session you are expected to inform the surgeon about your medical record, allergies and if you’re currently taking any medication. Even after telling your surgeon about your medical record, it’s mandatory that you go through some medical tests. Afterwards you will discuss the procedure in detail. If you are on the same page with your surgeon, he/she will make an illustration of what to expect by drawing marks on your arm.
2. Taking anesthesia
When the test results are out and your surgeon is satisfied, you will be then given anaesthesia. Surgeons usually prefer general anaesthesia, but local anaesthesia is also an option.
When the anesthesia has gone into effect, your surgeon will either make the incisions on your elbows, arms or armpits –this depends on one patient to the next. If your surgeon notices that you have a stubborn adipose tissue in your upper arm, your surgeon may also use liposuction to eliminate excess fat. Your surgeon will also cover the remaining skin on the new arm contour. When the excess skin is cut off, the incisions will be stitched together in a way that leaves your arm softer and firm. When closing the incisions, your surgeon does this carefully so as to minimize the risk of scarring. In most cases, your surgeon is going to place sutures under the so that your body can absorb them.
What Should I Expect After the Arm Lift Surgery?
Things You Should Do Before Surgery
Is Arm Lift Painful?
You may feel pain or soreness after the procedure is done. However, your surgeon may prescribe painkillers to relieve this pain and discomfort.
Does Arm Lift Leave a Scar?
The incision scars caused by an arm lift procedure are usually permanent but are usually in areas that are not easily visible and are not recognized.
What Is A Mini Arm Lift?
Mini arm lift is performed to eliminate a minor amount of excess fat and skin under the upper arms as a result of aging or fluctuations of weight.
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